Guild Wars Prophecies Review


Guild Wars, as you may know, is an MMORPG on the computer. Other MMORPGs like World of Warcraft(W0W) and Lord of the Rings Online(LotR) make you pay $15 per month. Guild Wars is unique in its no monthly fee to play system. The only money you spend is to buy it from the store. After you buy it you can play for as long as you like. When you start Guild Wars you be able to make a create the character you want depending on your gaming style. You can choose between 6 different professions(Warrior, Ranger, Monk, Elementalist, Mesmer, and Necromancer). You can learn more about the classes at this site. You will have to pick if you want to have your character in the Role-playing section or the PvP(Player vs. Player) section. The Role-playing section will take you through the campaign and have you start at level 1. The PvP section will make your character start at level 20(the max level) and will not take you through the campaign. After you pick a profession you choose you character height, skin color, hair style, hair color, and type of face. Next you pick the color of his armor and last you choose a name(the name must be 2 words). When you already have a character after the login screen you will be taken to the character selection screen. Here you can create new characters, delete characters, and go to the online store.Now you are in the World of Tyria. This is what the world you live in is called. The game interface is a lot like WoW or LotRO but is a little bit different. You can take a look at it below.

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 As you can see it is a lot like other game interfaces, you can compare it to WoW at this link. The interface is composed of a health bar(red) and an energy bar(blue). Your health increases as you gain levels but your energy bar stays the same. Below them is you skill bar that lets you hold up to 8 skills at a time. Each of your skills will cost a certain amount of energy and will take some time to be reusable. On the left side of the screen starting at the bottom is the Menu Bar, the Chat Window(press enter to open), the Party Member Window(you can see who is in the party and their health), the Experience Bar, and skill section(show all the skills being used against you or for you. In the center you have a bar that shows you the level, type of character(Ex. R/E), their name, and their health when you click on that character or enemy. On the left side you have the weapons bar showing you the weapons you can use, and the mini map that shows where your quests are located and where other characters or enemies are located. As you saw above the level cap in GW is 20. You can move levels by completing quests, doing missions, and killing enemies This is very much like other games. Something unique about GW is its missions. Missions are kind of like big quests. In the missions you will be given certain objectives to complete in the mission. There is also one bonus objective per mission, completing these will make the mission worth more experience. During the missions you will usually be accompanied by a computer character to guide you through it. As you complete the missions you get father and farther through the campaign.

There are some things that I would do to improve the game. One is adding a jump feature, you can’t just walk around a jump in the process, you have to stop and type /jump to jump. The second one is being able to put more skills on the skill bar, atleast 10 or 15. This would improve your ability to be prepared for all types of enemies. It would also be nice to have more than 4 character slots per game. They could even give you more slots for completing the bonuses in the missions or doing some really hard quests. They could also give things like money for the online store to buy new mission packs, character slots, and whole games.

Overall GW Prophecies is a great game and it won’t burn a whole in your wallet like WoW or LotRO. It has very good graphics and the game play is very good. I highly recommend this game to all PC gamers. even if you haven’t played MMORPGs before this is great game to start on.

There are other GW games also(Factions, Nightfall, and the most recent expansion Eye of the North). I don’t have those games yet so I can’t review them. If you have GW you can send me a friend request. My character’s name is Znerf Argon and my other character’s name is Illuvatar Argon. I hope to see some of you in the game! If you have any comments feel free to post them. 
 

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